Tag: Bible

the horse rider

As the chickens strutted around our feet, we introduced ourselves to the mother and her three sons. Jorge,  (pronounced Hor-hay) was enrolled in the local Compassion project. Under the warm Mexican sun, our lives intertwined as we listened, prayed, and enjoyed their chickens, turkeys, and Jorge’s pet turtle.

Through our interpreter, Jorge shared his dream to be a horse rider. We questioned if he meant a jockey. No, a horse rider or cowboy (vaquero). Life atop a horse appealed to this young man.

When asked about his experience at the Compassion project, Jorge ran and returned with his Bible. His name printed in large letters down its spine.

With his permission, we circled verses. We took Jorge’s Bible in our hands and recalled verses of love, hope, and second chances. Ink around Holy Words that carried us through challenges and tough times.

Tammy, a California sweetheart, shared 2 Corinthians 5:7, For we live by faith, not by sight. Her childhood engrained in her, “If you can’t see, you can’t believe. Not true these days as I follow the Lord. It is an amazing verse for me.”

Bronwyn, my author-friend from Arizona, circled the twelfth chapter of Romans. “For me, that chapter began a life-changing turn in my life.”

My pen landed at Romans 15:13, my life verse. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” A hope-infused verse I claimed during dark days when tears flowed often. I signed my name and added, Jesus te ama (Jesus loves you).

We poured ourselves onto the thin pages. Our stories written in the Book filled with His Story.

So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)

The ink-marked verses stand as reminders for Jorge. Visual reminders of a Sunday morning when strangers visited his family and his pet turtle. And circled words highlighted God’s love for a little horse rider.

Books are My Friends

December 28, 2015

Dear Fellow Travelers,

I received 2 books for Christmas. I love getting books as gifts. I appreciate the forethought behind buying a book as a gift. The giver read it and enjoyed it and thought of me. It is like a heart-to-brain connection. The way to my heart is through a good book.

I was excited to have some new reading material for the winter months. But then I went online and ordered 4 more books. Yes, I have a book problem. The Amazon drones know where I live. IMG_6447

Books are my friends. I love them and they love me. They comfort me. They are always available and accessible;  just waiting for me to pick them up and spend time with them. They evoke such a wide range of  emotions; challenging and fulfilling.  No Kindle for me. I need to physically hold the book in one hand and a pencil in the other. I circle, underline, and !!!! all the way through it.

Some of my books are extra special and in my inner circle. They have been read and reread and will never, ever be donated to Goodwill. They are that important to me. They have left a lasting impression on me in some way; they have changed and challenged me.

If I was stranded on an island and could only have 1 book with me, I really would choose the Bible. It hasn’t always been my top choice. I thought people gave that answer because it was the right answer to give and I have been guilty of that rote answer too. But I mean it now, seriously. The only way I can make that  honest statement is because I have fallen in love with God’s Word. I really have. The more I read it, the more I want to read it. I have read through the Bible each calendar year for the past 8 years, but it is more than checking it off my daily to-do list. The more I drink it in, the thirstier I become for more of it.  My thirst is never quenched!

Yes, Leviticus and Deuteronomy are both brutal. I can’t follow the genealogies throughout and I don’t understand every Holy word.  But I try to stay focused on God’s big love story which is what the Bible truly is. I don’t get hung up on anything that takes my eyes off of Jesus. There is a whole bunch of stuff in the Old Testament that could cause us to lose our focus but there is so much pointing to Jesus too.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3: 16-17

I am humbled by Paul’s many writings throughout the New Testament. Once he had his encounter with God, he never wavered; he never lost his focus or his passion. I can hear it through his  inspired words and it makes me want to go deeper and walk closer to God. I get goose-bumps just writing about it.

My other go-to, dog-eared favorites in my top 5 are:

The Shack by William P. Young

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Love Does by Bob Goff

Hope Rising  by  Scott Todd

Honorable Mention: He Walks Among Us by Renee and Richard Stearns

There really are so many more worth mentioning.  Now I am starting to feel guilty that I can’t list all my friends (books) here. I hope none of them get upset with me.

As promised, Free Stuff Friday kicks off in January 2016. If you haven’t read Bob Goff’s book, Love Does, you are in for a life-changing experience. In January, you will  have a chance to win an autographed copy of Love Does.

Be watching and reading the rules posted soon  on the page, Free Stuff Friday.

I would love to hear about your favorite books. Share with me about your “special friends”. I hear the drones buzzing now!

Walk Worthy and Keep Reading!